A Fine Bourgault

by Lowetide

The Edmonton Oilers drafted Xavier Bourgault in the first round of the 2021 entry draft, continuing a flow of forward picks that began in 2020 and included all six selections that season. Bourgault is a talented scorer and there is some evidence that he has a range of skills that could represent a more complete game. After what has been a turbulent start to summer, the draft was a welcome return to normal. I believe this was a quality pick.

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BOURGAULT

Bourgault is an interesting player, I ranked him No. 14 overall based mostly on his offence but discovered a little more nuance to his game after he was chosen. For pure offense, he compares well to most previous draft picks who weren’t No. 1 overall selections (and Leon), with only Kailer Yamamoto clear of him in draft year NHLE:

  1. Connor McDavid 25-42-67
  2. Taylor Hall 17-29-46
  3. Nail Yakupov 18-22-40
  4. Leon Draisaitl 15-25-40
  5. Kailer Yamamoto 16-22-38
  6. Ryan Nugent Hopkins 11-27-38
  7. Xavier Bourgault 16-16-32
  8. Raphael Lavoie 12-15-27
  9. Ryan McLeod 10-17-27
  10. Tyler Benson 7-16-23
  11. Jesse Puljujarvi 10-11-21

He’s a little shy of Kailer Yamamoto, also drafted No. 22 overall (in 2017), but will eventually push him (or Jesse Puljujarvi) for an NHL right-wing job on a skill line. His goal-scoring ranks No. 4 (tie) on this list although a pile in this group are between 15-18 goals. We’ll call it a good neighbourhood. Tyler Wright says he projects Bourgault as a top-six NHL forward and that’s about right based on the numbers. Now, onward to day two.

DAY TWO LIST

  • 7 RW Nikita Chibrikov, St. Petersburg Small skill winger. Massive U18’s in Texas.
  • 13 LC Francesco Pinelli, Kitchener Rangers  Smart, skill C who passes well, plus speed.
  • 16 RC Logan Stankoven, Kamloops Blazers 5.07, 165. Demon on the forecheck, plus skills.
  • 21 RW Olivier Nadeau, Shawinigan Cataractes More bull than beauty, he is effective.
  • 22 LD Daniil Chayka, CSKA Moscow Two-way defender, plays in all game states.
  • 24 LW Eric Alarie, Moose Jaw Warriors 6.01, 196. Big PF with plus skill.
  • 26 LC Aatu Raty, Karpat Talented center who struggled in the Liiga
  • 28 RC Ryder Korczak, Moose Jaw Warriors A top play-making center in the WHL.
  • 31 LW Ayrton Martino, Omaha Lancers Small speedy winger, September 2002.\
  • 32 LW Conner Roulette, Seattle Thunderbirds He has good hands/speed.
  • 35 LD Olen Zellweger, Everett Silvertips He is undersized (5.09, 165) but very skilled.
  • 36 LW Joshua Roy, Sherbrooke Phoenix. High-end skill, could go higher.
  • 37 RW Simon Robertsson, Skelleftea.  Bert’s boy, has a powerful shot. Feb. 2003.
  • 39 LD Evan Nause, Quebec Remparts Two-way defender is 6.02, 186 and spiking offensively
  • 40 LC Brett Harrison, Oshawa Generals A two-way center with good speed.
  • 41 RC Connor Lockhart, Erie Otters.  Probably the best skater among OHL eligibles.
  • 42 LW Sasha Pastujov, USNDTP Plus shot, offensive winger. Average speed.
  • 43 LW William Stromgren, MoDo  Big skill winger with good wheels.
  • 44 RC Riley Kidney, Acadie-Bathurst Titan. Another skill pivot, a good skater.
  • 45 LD Stanislav Svozil, Brno. Impressive with the puck, solid without it.
  • 46 LC Oliver Kapanen JYP Smart offensive player who drives offense.
  • 48 RC Justin Robidas, Val d’Or Foreurs. He’s Yvan Cournoyer small, bullet on skates.
  • 49 LW Alexander Kisakov, Moscow Dynamo  Just 5.10, 141, terrific skill.
  • 50 LD Sean Behrens, USNDTP. Undersized blue is very skilled and smart.
  • 51 LC Lorenzo Canonica, Shawinigan Cataractes. Another skill center, great skater.
  • 52 G Alekesi Kolosov, Minsk. KHL goalie, .911 SP and still a teenager.
  • 53 RW Samu Tuomaala, Karpat Good shooter, average speed, two-way resume.
  • 54 RW Prokhor Poltapov, Moscow.  Skilled winger plays NA style. 25 goals in 61 games.
  • 55 LD Ethan Dal Mastro, Mississauga Steelheads A big, strong shutdown blue.
  • 56 LC Sami Päivärinta, Lukko. Small two-way center, fine playmaker.
  • 57 RC Danila Klimovich, Minsk Zubry. Size, speed, shot, set the U18s on fire.
  • 59 LD Artyom GrushnikovMoscow. Big shutdown blue, mobile, great passer.
  • 60 LW Zack Ostapchuk, Vancouver Giants. Speed and size, plus some skill.
  • 61 RD Aleksi Heimosalmi, Assat. Versatile two-way defender.
  • 62 G Benjamin Gaudreau, Sarnia Sting. Impressive U18 (.919 SP) has him here.
  • 63 LC Jakub Brabenec, Brno. Skilled center with size, quality at U18s.
  • 64 LW Jackson Blake, Chicago Steel. Elusive skill winger with big-league moves.
  • 66 RC Daniil Tesanov, Yaroslavl. Big center with speed and range.
  • 67 LC Redmond Savage, USNDTP. Solid two-way center with speed.
  • 69 LC Cole Huckins, Acadie-Bathurst Titan. He has size, can skate. Skilled.
  • 70 LW Matvei Petrov, Moscow. Big winger (6.02, 178) can score, great shot.
  • 71 RD Jacob Guévin, Muskegon Lumberjacks. Offensive defenseman, fine skater.
  • 72 LD Anton Olsson, Malmo. Big, sturdy shutdown defender. Mobile.
  • 73 LD Graham Sward, Spokane Chiefs. He’s 6.02, 169. Physical mobile shutdown blue.
  • 74 LD Janis Moser, EHC Biel-Bienne. Overager, fine skater and complete skill set.
  • 75 LW James Malatesta, Quebec Remparts. Speedy winger is small, plays a rugged style.
  • 76 LD Vladislav Lukashevich, Yaroslavl. Shutdown blue, he’s a good skater, good shot.
  • 77 LC Florian Elias, Mannheim. Small skill center, he’s a determined player.
  • 78 LW Sean Tschigerl, Calgary Hitmen. Two-way winger aggressive in all areas.
  • 79 LD Shai Buium, Sioux City Musketeers. Big defender plays smart two-way game.
  • 80 LW Viljami Marjala, Quebec Remparts. C-LW is highly skilled, creative playmaker.
  • 81 LW Nikita Buruyanov, St. Petersburg. Small winger, terrific speed and aggressive play.
  • 82 LD Aleksi Malinen, JyP. Fantastic skater, skilled, some chaos.
  • 83 LD Jack Peart, Fargo Force. Impressive young player, undersized with range of skills.
  • 84 G Brett Brochu, London Knights. Under radar goalie delivered a .919 SP as a rookie.
  • 85 LC Victor Stjernborg, Vaxjo. Two-way forward, aggressive forechecker, great passer.
  • 86 LD Vasily Machulin, Moscow Dynamo (MHL). Good size, dynamic skater.
  • 87 RD Jack Bar, Chicago Steel. Good size, plus shot, some skill.
  • 88 LW Jeremy Wilmer, USNDTP. August 2003, great passer, high skill.
  • 89 LW Ville Koivunen, Karpat. Smart winger with skill.
  • 90 RW Jake Chiasson, Brandon Wheat Kings. Good size, improved offensively.
  • 91 LC Samuel Helenius, JYP. Huge checking center already in the Liiga.
  • 92 LW Tristan Broz, Fargo Force. Nice range of skills, fine passer good skater.
  • 93 RC Ryan Winterton, Hamilton Bulldogs. Solid prospect, skilled and September 2003.
  • 94 LD Aidan Hreschuk, USNDTP. Solid two-way defender, effective in coverage.
  • 95 LW Owen Pederson, Winnipeg Ice. Big winger with goal-scoring ability.
  • 96 RW Zakhar Bardakov, Vityaz Podolsk. Big PF with some skill. He is 20.
  • 97 LC Theo Rochette, Quebec Remparts. Undersized two-way center, intriguing offense.
  • 98 LC Cameron Berg, Muskegon Lumberjacks. Good speed and skill.
  • 99 LC Juuso Mäenpää, Kalpa. Very small but highly skilled playmaker.
  • 100 RC Josh Pillar, Kamloops Blazers. Fast player, scored well and is draft re-entry.
  • 101 LC Vasily Atanasov, Mamonty Yugry. Great speed and he is skilled. Undersized.
  • 102 LD Dave Ma, USHL, Chicago Steel. Tremendous skater and very creative.
  • 103 RW Ilya Fedotov, Nizhny. Smart player with skill and utility.
  • 104 RW Oliver Suni, Lukko Rauma. Strong winger with range of skills.
  • 105 RD Brent Johnson, Sioux Falls Stampede. Undersized chaos blue with great speed.
  • 106 LW Ilya Nazarov, Yaroslavl. Big winger with skill, May 2003.
  • 107 RC Ethan Cardwell, Surahammars. Two-way center with skill, effective forechecker.
  • 108 RW Nikita Grebyonkin, Magnitogorsk. Skill and size plus some speed.
  • 109 LW Arvid Sundin, Brynas. Underzied burner has breathtaking shifts.
  • 110 LD Cameron Whynot, Halifax Mooseheads. Two-way blue, fine skater.
  • 111 LC Samu Salminen, Jokerit. 6.03 center with real talent, heavy boots.
  • 112 LD William Trudeau, Charlottetown Islanders. Puck mover with calm feet. Raw.
  • 113 RD Roman Schmidt, USNDTP. Huge shutdown blue with some offense.
  • 114 LC Liam Dower-Nilsson, Frolunda. Two-way center with some offensive spark.
  • 115 G Patrik Hamrla, HC Energie Karlovy Vary. Dominated Czech junior.
  • 116 LW Matthew Knies, Tri-City Storm. 6.02, 210 PF, might be a little shy on top-9 skill level.
  • 117 LD Kirill Kirsanov, St. Petersburg. Good skater, passer, physical. Bet the Oilers like him.
  • 118 RD Scott Morrow, Shattuck-St. Mary’s. Big D has complete skill set at high school level.
  • 119 LD Yaroslav Busygin, Chekov. Big blue who can hit, has some skill.
  • 120 G Carl Lindbom, Djurgarden. Top draw U18s has him here.
  • 121 RW Robert Orr, Halifax Moosheads. Two-way winger with a great shoot.
  • 122 RD Ryan Ufko, Chicago Steel. Mobile puck mover can run a power play. Undersized.
  • 123 RW Albert Sjöberg, Sodertalje. Great shot and work ethic.
  • 124 RW Simon Knak, Portland Winterhawks. Prolific junior scorer, January 2002.

OILERS MOCK

No. 22 overall RC Xavier Bourgault, Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL). A scoring winger who shoots a lot and owns creativity with the puck, I had him as the No. 3 right winger and No. 5 center in the draft. He projects as a solid scoring winger, I’d estimate his offensive potential is going to be in the same range as Kailer Yamamoto. Two more years in the QMJHL is likely. NHLE: 32.1

No. 90: LW Eric Alarie, Moose Jaw Warriors 6.01, 196. Big PF with plus skill, Red Line says “he is a much more functional skater than given credit for” and for me his offensive output and scoring make him a legit prospect for the NHL. Under the radar everywhere, and I do mean everywhere, save Red Line. NHLE: 26.1

No. 116 overall: LW Matvei Petrov, Moscow. Big winger (6.02, 178) can score, great wrist shot. Corey Pronman at The Athletic says “Petrov has a chance due to his skill and scoring, but he will have to add elements to play in the NHL.” NHLE: 10.7

No. 180 overall: RW Josh Williams, Edmonton Oil Kings. He turned 20 in March and has been in the WHL since Diefenbaker was prime minister. The young man can score goals and that always has value, but speed is going to be a concern. This is the final year he is eligible and he might make an attractive free-agent signing this summer for the Oilers. NHLE: 33.8

No. 186 overall: LC Daniil Lazutin, SKA St. Petersburg (MHL). Speed and skill are his calling card, he’s a July 2003 and has what they used to call a projectable frame (6.02, 174).

No. 212: RW Albert Sjöberg, Sodertalje. A late breaker who combines tremendous work ethic and speed and delivers solid two-way play. He isn’t a top-six winger and had just one point in 17 Allsvenskan games, but a strong WJ’s will get him drafted.

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northerndancer July 24, 2021 - 7:26 pm

I have to think that Jan-Luca Munzenberger would have been well scouted by Drai’s father, the highly placed coach in Germany. Drai is committed to the Oilers and why wouldn’t papa want to see his kid win a thing or two. The German national teams are on the rise, big country, lots of money and more kids playing. Nice pick up for a late draft in my humble opinion.

Jaxon July 24, 2021 - 1:13 pm

Brabanec
Latimer
Tourigny

jzed July 24, 2021 - 12:44 pm

Hello, my name is Luca…….

VanIsleOil July 24, 2021 - 1:33 pm

…I live on the second floor….

Time for a Mozzaburger…:)

Jaxon July 24, 2021 - 12:37 pm

Still holding out for Brabanec, Latimer at 116, Tourigny at 180.

Jaxon July 24, 2021 - 12:36 pm

Great review From Draft Analyst:
“LHD Jan-Luca Munzenberger (GER): A big-bodied vacuum cleaner on defense who’s been eating minutes like mad, Munzenberger is a first-year draft eligible with a late-2002 birthday who is committed to the University of Vermont. He was left off Central Scouting’s initial Watch List but his play for Kolner Junghaie in Germany coupled with his ongoing performance in Edmonton at the World Juniors . He has ideal size (6-foot-, 190 pounds) but has the mobility and agility to cover faster players, especially when holding his line and transitioning into a backskate. Munzenberger’s stride is as wide as they come and although he’s style may not look pretty, he definitely gets from Point A to Point B faster than most teenage defensemen his size. He plays a mean, physical brand of hockey and can be considered a bit of a throwback. Munzenberger’s role in the match against Slovakia was identical to his usage with Kolner Junghaie — he anchored the top penatly-killing unit and played the point on the power play. He has soft hands and delivers clean passes to any area in the offensive zone, but what makes Munzenberger dangerous is his lethal shot — he owns a bomb of a shot, not only for its velocity but for the sheer power he generates with little backswing. His wrister is just as nasty and Munzenberger is quite accurate whether he keeps his attempts low or high.”

I really like the player, not crazy about the pick, adding another LHD to a young left side in Nurse, Broberg, and Samorukov. Especially in a year when nobody really knows who the best player available is.

meanashell11 July 24, 2021 - 12:51 pm

I watched him vs Russia and he played RD the entire game?? Why do you say he is left D?

meanashell11 July 24, 2021 - 12:52 pm

He’s left shoot but plays RD. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tfdk1IIWQ68

Jaxon July 24, 2021 - 3:41 pm

I called him a LHD, which doesn’t change based on where he plays. LD is different from LHD. That said, I’m guessing if he is not the best D on the team he would probably play LD instead of RD. He may be playing RD in Germany and doing well, but that may change in the AHL and NHL if he makes it. He is a LHD.

jzed July 24, 2021 - 12:34 pm

We can trade Luca to Stevie Y in a couple of years to play with Seider. We’ll take that big skinny goalie the’ve got

GordieHoweHatTrick July 24, 2021 - 12:30 pm

Long live the leftorium!

meanashell11 July 24, 2021 - 12:31 pm

He’s RD

jzed July 24, 2021 - 12:37 pm

Elite Prospects page says he shoots left, so ya, on the Oil he’s a RD

meanashell11 July 24, 2021 - 12:52 pm
Oil2Oilers July 24, 2021 - 12:29 pm

Munzenberger best have Draisaitl width shoulders to where a name that big on his back.

jzed July 24, 2021 - 12:25 pm

So much for ‘drafting for need’ . Maybe Drai phoned it in.

Gerta Rauss July 24, 2021 - 12:24 pm

Gene Principe is thrilled with this pick

Jaxon July 24, 2021 - 12:20 pm

Brabanec, Latimer, Tourigny

Tarkus July 24, 2021 - 12:19 pm

Luca Munzenberger to the Oil at 90.

German d-man, 6’2″.

https://www.eliteprospects.com/player/407643/luca-munzenberger

EDIT: Committed to the U of Vermont next year:

https://www.si.com/hockey/news/world-juniors-who-helped-their-draft-stock

Psyche July 24, 2021 - 12:26 pm

And here is a shift by shift video from World Juniors:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tfdk1IIWQ68

northerndancer July 24, 2021 - 7:21 pm

Thanks for the great link. He has the hack and whack in front of the net down like a pro. No one within stick distance failed to get a cross check. Good positioning, looking for tight gaps on the defensive transition. Somewhat weak on the first pass bit…my first period only observations. The whole German team looked a little shaky offense. Maybe more accurately they looked tired by the time they tried to break out. He looks like a promising larsen replacement.

Pescador July 24, 2021 - 12:19 pm

Munzen berger?

Randle McMurphy July 24, 2021 - 12:18 pm

Treiliving, you going to take a dman?

Brad, Whynot?

Younger Oil July 24, 2021 - 12:15 pm

Both Nadeau and Alarie on the board still with one pick ahead of us, c’mon Ken

jzed July 24, 2021 - 12:26 pm

Still on the board after our pick

PokeCheck July 24, 2021 - 12:12 pm

2 picks out from 90, best available from the LT list:

21 RW Olivier Nadeau, Shawinigan Cataractes More bull than beauty, he is effective.
24 LW Eric Alarie, Moose Jaw Warriors 6.01, 196. Big PF with plus skill.
32 LW Conner Roulette, Seattle Thunderbirds He has good hands/speed.
36 LW Joshua Roy, Sherbrooke Phoenix. High-end skill, could go higher.
41 RC Connor Lockhart, Erie Otters. Probably the best skater among OHL eligibles.

55 LD Ethan Dal Mastro, Mississauga Steelheads A big, strong shutdown blue.

71 RD Jacob Guévin, Muskegon Lumberjacks. Offensive defenseman, fine skater.

84 G Brett Brochu, London Knights. Under radar goalie delivered a .919 SP as a rookie.

Marc July 24, 2021 - 12:19 pm

If the pick is Roulette, I call dibs on the ‘Oilers take a chance’ comment

Oil2Oilers July 24, 2021 - 12:10 pm

A Shane Doan interview while the Oilers are drafting is elite level trolling by the NHL network

Pescador July 24, 2021 - 12:13 pm

That & a commercial break
Assholes

Randle McMurphy July 24, 2021 - 11:56 am

I forgot how well Devon Levi played at the World Jr’s

YKOil July 24, 2021 - 12:29 pm

Not a great trade by Buffalo. Lose an excellent 1b/2a type center to take a ride on the river of small sample sizes.

The only thing that makes sense is that Reinhart was adamant he wasn’t going to sign any extension that took up UFA years.

OriginalPouzar July 24, 2021 - 12:32 pm

So did:

Manny Legace
Justin Pogge
Steve Mason
Maxim Oullette

The list goes on and on and on.

Randle McMurphy July 24, 2021 - 11:52 am

Steve Lansky said the draft coverage should be about the human interest stories. I wonder how he grades Sportsnet coverage and in particular Jackie Redmond…she seems to be trying to make it about these kids stories.

Lowetide July 24, 2021 - 12:04 pm

Agree.

DevilsLettuce July 24, 2021 - 11:44 am

I’m bullish on The Bourg, lots of talk about his quick passing, soft spot finding, and transition game. Lots of mention of himself, Yams, and Ebs. Don’t see much mention about his size advantage over these fellas.

I really see him finding chemistry with one of the big 2, if not McLeod in the least.

He got 3 minor penalties in 29 games, bodes well for him not causing moments that will take 97 or 29 off the ice.

Oilers have a gluten of young goalies, they got to try to get one of them to pop while spending their few picks on scoring forwards that they can hopefully get up to speed within the elc to contribute to the roster now as they need that cap space.

Never pick a voodoo man in the 1st round, stock up on skill, turn your assets into more asset while moving down 2 spots, adding an additional bullet you didn’t have before the move.

It’s a win for the draft table imo.

Harpers Hair July 24, 2021 - 11:43 am

Reinhart trade is done.

2022 1st round pick Nd goaltender Devon Levi.

defmn July 24, 2021 - 11:58 am

Boo.

Sierra July 24, 2021 - 12:25 pm

Question for the group, would you have traded the Oilers 1st and one of their goalie prospect for Reinhart.

OriginalPouzar July 24, 2021 - 3:48 pm

Yes – assuming there was an agreed upon contract in place.

McSorley33 July 24, 2021 - 4:08 pm

Great question….

Tarkus July 24, 2021 - 11:41 am

Fitting that Jack Peart’s scouting report says he likes to “rush the puck”.

Pescador July 24, 2021 - 12:12 pm

Also would have accepted
“great on the rush”

Harpers Hair July 24, 2021 - 11:40 am

Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) Tweeted:
The #hurricanes are just out here stockpiling extra selections — they’ve turned Nos. 27 and 59 into Nos. 40, 51, 83, 109 and 147 across three trades.

https://twitter.com/reporterchris/status/1418987888667086850?s=20

Rondo July 24, 2021 - 11:29 am

#90
Brent Johnson

Oliver Nadeau

Red Savage

Gaudreau

Harrison

Rondo July 24, 2021 - 11:53 am

3 left plus 1

Red Savage

Harrison

Oliver Nadeau

Guillaume Richard

Tarkus July 24, 2021 - 11:58 am

Harrison off to the B’s at 85.

Rondo July 24, 2021 - 12:13 pm

Justin Robidas

Lowetide July 24, 2021 - 11:29 am

My guess is the Oilers would have liked to take Olsson, he’s a great skater.

dessert1111 July 24, 2021 - 11:08 am

For the Oilers to trade down last night, that tells me they didn’t want the goalie, so adding a late third is a great move IMO. First move I’ve been happy with by the team for what seems like ages but has really only been a couple weeks.

Picking a forward instead of a goalie there could also go along with the “all in for the next few years” theory since the forward could be on the roster in about 2 years and likely 5 or more for a goalie.

Reading scouting reports on Bourgault, I’m picturing Kahun, and if they’re similar players at all hopefully Bourgault pops more.

Lowetide July 24, 2021 - 11:12 am

I think the organization likes Konovalov, Skinner and Rodrigue and wants to see how they develop. It’s also true that the young Swede was highly rated, but Pronman had some interesting notes on Wallstedt and perhaps that was a reason the club passed. Difficult to say, I didn’t know people were openly angry until today. I had Cossa ahead of Wallstedt on my list, and had Bourgault ahead of both men.

dessert1111 July 24, 2021 - 11:26 am

If they’re high on the goalie prospects that makes sense too, though I think I remember rumours that they really wanted Askarov last year. Could just be a case of thinking he was the absolute goods, though.

I’m pretty high on Konovalov myself, a young guy with those SV%s in the KHL deserves a real shot to be an AHL starter this year and maybe get some big league games. Presumably we know more about the goalie cupboard 6 months from now.

Pescador July 24, 2021 - 11:29 am

Plus I heard you can trade for a Calder candidate level tender with only a 3rd round pick & a set of John Garrett’s old goalie pads

jp July 24, 2021 - 12:05 pm

Or pick one up on waivers if you’re paying attention (but NO ONE is paying attention!).

Wolfpack July 24, 2021 - 11:34 am

Agreed. It could be that the organization has confidence in the current goalie prospects, or that they have a plan for the NHL roster involving Stalock or a trade. Or both. But I strongly believe the Oilers need to make some deep playoff runs in the next 3-4 years and I do not recall teams going deep with 3rd year goaltenders carrying the mail. Even the best goalies tend to take 5 years to ripen. I don’t think there was any way the Oilers were taking a goalie in round one yesterday, regardless of who was there.

OriginalPouzar July 24, 2021 - 12:28 pm

I think the organization likes Konovalov, Skinner and Rodrigue and wants to see how they develop

Holland’s premise on tending is also somewhat notable. If I’m not mistaken, he is generally willing to pay for the uber-elite but, if an uber-elite isn’t available, he’s not going to shell out big. His premise is that, after the uber-elite, there isn’t much to choose between, say, goaltender 10 and goaltender 30.

Unfriendly Regional Arachnid Individual July 24, 2021 - 11:08 am

Man, Columbus is having a DRAFT. Adding Svozil on top of their trio of 1sts is a strong haul to start off with.

Randle McMurphy July 24, 2021 - 11:29 am

True.

But keep in mind that the biggest winners today were typically some of the biggest losers last season.

Unfriendly Regional Arachnid Individual July 24, 2021 - 11:05 am

Pastujov fell pretty far for a guy the math seems to like. Haven’t looked much into him, though.

Lowetide July 24, 2021 - 11:03 am

Eleven names in my top-50 overall are still on the board. It’s going to be a fun trip through the final 140+ selections.

Randle McMurphy July 24, 2021 - 11:16 am

Significant upside for Tyler Wright to outperform again this year.

(It’s almost strange how everyone reacts with comments about Holland doing this and Holland not doing that, when really it’s more Tyler Wrights day)

Harpers Hair July 24, 2021 - 11:02 am

Of note…Islanders get Aatu Raty with the Oilers 2nd round pick.

Randle McMurphy July 24, 2021 - 11:09 am

I’ve always wondered, how much does it cost you to rent that garbage can on Sesame Street?

#kiddingnotkidding

jp July 24, 2021 - 11:37 am

Of note…Guenther and Martino (LTs #31) taken with Canuck picks (so far).

Harpers Hair July 24, 2021 - 11:45 am

I’ll wager Connor Garland scores more for Vancouver next season than AA scores for the Oilers.

jp July 24, 2021 - 11:58 am

Well that’s one way to twist really I suppose.

Of course the truth is much closer to Guenther being the payment for Garland.

Randle McMurphy July 24, 2021 - 12:02 pm

I think that’s a reasonable expectation.

Randle McMurphy July 24, 2021 - 10:55 am

Stand down Philidelphia.

Chicago….The city of brotherly love!

Randle McMurphy July 24, 2021 - 11:46 am

They going to add another Strome this week?

Lowetide July 24, 2021 - 10:53 am

Please post on hockey. Starting your own site for other subjects is an idea you may want to pursue. Thanks.

Halfwise July 24, 2021 - 10:59 am

The damn squirrels keep running across my lawn…

Sorry LT, if it was me.

Lowetide July 24, 2021 - 11:00 am

No worries. No one is in trouble, but it’s a subject that starts innocently and then goes completely nuts within seconds.

Randle McMurphy July 24, 2021 - 11:11 am

That stuff sure elicits a gut response. Best when no one responds to that and it just gets deleted quickly

judgedrude July 24, 2021 - 11:59 am

Is this request just a today thing or ongoing? If this is a long term request to forbid discussions on baseball and music, that LT guy might stop posting, but I think a lot of people here likes what he has to say.

Scungilli Slushy July 24, 2021 - 12:20 pm

Sorry LT

Please delete it, I can’t seem to.

I thought it was benign enough and related to a hockey thing.

Randle McMurphy July 24, 2021 - 10:49 am

LT, you answered my question by informing me that your list isn’t meant to be predictive in terms of draft order. (Thank you for that)

Brian Lawton added to that for me when he stated that most teams have a list of 40 to 60 players. I think Sam Consentino added that he’s never seen a list longer than 100.

Lowetide July 24, 2021 - 10:54 am

Not sure where you’re heading here, but glad you got your answer.

Randle McMurphy July 24, 2021 - 11:07 am

There’s far more variability beyond the early second round than I realized.

Randle McMurphy July 24, 2021 - 11:36 am

So much so that Scouting staffs don’t feel that a need for a list of more than 50 or so candidates, because they know that the other 31 lists will be significantly different than their lists. Like I said, still learning.

Even the host of the Sportsnet panel, said he learned something in hearing that. 🙂

slurve July 24, 2021 - 10:46 am

Still can’t phantom the move to bypass BPA and also filling a need with Wallstedt by dropping down to 22nd. Last time we dropped down to 22nd pick, the Oilers picked a highly skilled forward from the QMJHL to draft M A Pouliot.Wait a minute! Looks like the 2003 entry draft revisited! That year we dropped down and bypassed the likes of Getzlaf, Parise, Brent Burns, Perry, Mike Richards & Kesler for Pouliot. So long Wallstedt, next franchise goalie …😫

godot10 July 24, 2021 - 10:57 am

Holland is extremely well-connected in Sweden. If he didn’t draft Wallstedt, he likely had very good reasons.

slurve July 24, 2021 - 3:57 pm

I am sure he is ; only Swedish dmen need apply…

OriginalPouzar July 24, 2021 - 12:24 pm

Last two times they picked 22, they drafted Eberle and Yamamoto….. so……

Harpers Hair July 24, 2021 - 10:42 am

Something holding up the Sam Reinhart trade to Florida.

Anyone hear anything?

leadfarmer July 24, 2021 - 10:51 am

Maybe one of those “LA and Seattle will be big movers” decided to actually do something

Randle McMurphy July 24, 2021 - 10:40 am

Pittsburgh corners the market on Tristans

PokeCheck July 24, 2021 - 10:58 am

Broz before Hoz.

Pescador July 24, 2021 - 11:35 am

I love Hoz

Randle McMurphy July 24, 2021 - 10:39 am

LT. Do you catch a falling knife at 90?

Would you take Chibrikov at 90, or is it just too risky, given everyone else passing on him?

Younger Oil July 24, 2021 - 10:41 am

Jets took him at 50

Randle McMurphy July 24, 2021 - 10:44 am

Thank you.

Younger Oil July 24, 2021 - 10:39 am

Raty gets selected with a pick that we gave up for AA, keep an eye on that one.

Randle McMurphy July 24, 2021 - 10:36 am

Toronto killing it today.

Kidding.

But the Maple Leafs picks are always interesting to see in modern times. Analytics in action.

Lowetide July 24, 2021 - 10:38 am

Knies is a good prospect, a little early to take him imo

Randle McMurphy July 24, 2021 - 10:53 am

Ditto for Colorado.

Dac189 July 24, 2021 - 10:35 am

I wanted to see how often first round goalies succeed:

Listed by draft year
Name, pick#, games played, First year as starter
2000
Rick Dipietro… #1, 318GP, 2004Starter
Brent Krahn… 9, 1, N/A
2001
Pascal Leclaire… 8, 173, N/A
Dan Blackburn… 10, 63 , N/A
Jason Bacashihua… 26, 38 , N/A
Adam Munro… 29, 17 , N/A
2002
Kari Lehtonen… 2, 649, 2007
Cam Ward… 25, 701, 2007
Hannu Toivonen… 29, 61 , N/A
2003
Marc-Andre Fleury… 1, 883, 2006
2004
Al Montoya… 6, 168, N/A
Devan Dubnyk… 14, 542, 2011
Marek Schwarz… 17, 6, N/A
Cory Schneider… 26, 409, 2012
2005
Carey Price… 5, 707, 2008
Tuukka Rask… 21, 560, 2010
2006
Jonathan Bernier… 11, 393, 2014
Riku Helenius… 15, 1, N/A
Semyon Varlamov… 23, 543, 2012
Leland Irving… 26, 13 , N/A
2008
Chet Pickard… 18, 0, N/A
Tom McCollum… 30, 3, N/A
2010
Jack Campbell… 11, 86, N/A
Mark Visetin… 27, 1, N/A
2012
Andrei Vasilevskiy…19, 302, 2017
Malcolm Subban… 24, 82, N/A

I listed all goalies drafted in the first round between 2000 and 2014.
11 out of 26 goalies became starters.

Since 2008, Vasilevsky is the only 1st round goaltender to play as a starter. To play more than 100 games even.

The average time for a goalie to play as a starter is 5.36 years.

The notable names are
Lehtonen, Ward, Fleury, Dubnyk, Schneider, Price, Rask, Varlamov, Bernier and Vasilevsky

McSorley33 July 24, 2021 - 3:41 pm

Great post

Randle McMurphy July 24, 2021 - 10:25 am

Islanders with Aatu Raty at 52. Nice.

Jaxon July 24, 2021 - 10:44 am

Wow, didn’t think he’d drop that far.

Younger Oil July 24, 2021 - 10:21 am

Chib gone to the Jets

LMHF#1 July 24, 2021 - 10:10 am

Cam Atkinson was available?

And for only Voracek?

This is a weird league.

jp July 24, 2021 - 10:23 am

Atkinson is a few months older than Voracek, signed for a year longer (for $2.375M less per), and was badly out-produced by Voracek over the past couple of seasons.

I think Columbus likely won that trade.

Randle McMurphy July 24, 2021 - 10:10 am

7 RW Nikita Chibrikov, St. Petersburg Small skill winger. Massive U18’s in Texas.

What are the chances that Chibrikov drops to us at 90?

NO chance? Possible but not likely? Very likely?

Randle McMurphy July 24, 2021 - 10:12 am

Is Chibrikov like a Vladimir Tkachev?

TheGreatBigMac July 24, 2021 - 9:59 am
Jaxon July 24, 2021 - 9:56 am

These are the players I’m looking for on day 2:
#90

  1. LW Colton Dach, Saskatoon Blades, WHL – skilled, big and tough
  2. G Benjamin Gaudreau, Sarnia, OHL – gamble with no OHL season

#116

  1. RW Carson Latimer, Edmonton Oil Kings, WHL – one of the fastest in the draft
  2. RHD Miguël Tourigny, Blainville-Boisbriand Armada, QMJHL – one of the fastest with one of the best shots in the draft, overager though and tiny.
  3. LC Jakub Brabenec, Brno, CZE – skilled, one of the youngest in the draft
  4. G Alexei Kolosov, DYnamo Minsk, KHL – put up decent #s in the KHL
  5. C Dmitry Zugan, Krasnaya Armiya Moskva, MHL – fast
Todd Macallan July 24, 2021 - 9:59 am

Lots of good names there, feel like Latimer and Tourigney will be around in the 6th or 7th Rd but the way this draft is going who knows! I want Winterton at 90 and Brabanec or Hinds at 116 would be fantastic.

Jaxon July 24, 2021 - 12:15 pm

Pronman had Brabanec going 88, Latimer 92 and Tourigny 200 in his mock draft.

He ranked them 88, 115, and 117. So the could go at 90 and 115.

Tarkus July 24, 2021 - 10:56 am

Dach off the board at 62 to join big bro Kirby in the Windy City.

Tarkus July 24, 2021 - 11:53 am

And Gaudreau is off to SJ at 81.

Jaxon July 24, 2021 - 12:06 pm

#90

LW Colton Dach, Saskatoon Blades, WHL – skilled, big and tough
G Benjamin Gaudreau, Sarnia, OHL – gamble with no OHL season
#116

RW Carson Latimer, Edmonton Oil Kings, WHL – one of the fastest in the draft
RHD Miguël Tourigny, Blainville-Boisbriand Armada, QMJHL – one of the fastest with one of the best shots in the draft, overager though and tiny.
LC Jakub Brabenec, Brno, CZE – skilled, one of the youngest in the draft
G Alexei Kolosov, DYnamo Minsk, KHL – put up decent #s in the KHL
C Dmitry Zugan, Krasnaya Armiya Moskva, MHL – fast

bobinyvr July 24, 2021 - 9:56 am

Heard the criticism of Holland last night. Been an Oilers fan since they entered the league.

My take is that Holland is still hampered by two lost playoff rounds.
The team has two super stars but haven’t proven anything yet. Maybe Larsson stays if the Oilers lost in conference finals last year. They haven’t shown themselves to be a contender yet.

An old vet isn’t signing yet for cheap for his last chance at the cup.

Wish it was otherwise.

And Holland still battles with Americans not wanting to play in Canada, bad weather, bad taxes, small market, rabid fans.

When Oilers win two or more series in a year they will be contending and it will get easier to attract players.

Here’s hoping.

Kert July 24, 2021 - 10:02 am

Winning begets winning.

JimmyV1965 July 24, 2021 - 10:57 am

Don’t overpay for free agents. There are other ways to build teams. Bad teams build through free agency.

dustrock July 24, 2021 - 9:55 am

https://smahtscouting.com/2021/03/01/scouting-report-xavier-bourgault/

Pretty in depth report. Sounds like he shines in transition, which is becoming increasingly important.

I’m a bit wary of his age. Don’t have a problem with the pick though not grabbing either of the top 2 goalies, I dunno Ken. I know it wasn’t Detroit’s way to develop goalies but it can improve your roster and most of the Cup winners over the last 20 years had homegrown D & G to carry them.

5lowroll July 24, 2021 - 9:54 am

anyone care to throw out a trade prediction? Any legs to Kassian to rangers for a third?

Todd Macallan July 24, 2021 - 9:56 am

Only in that dream I had last night.

5lowroll July 24, 2021 - 10:01 am

Definitely wishful thinking was hoping holland was playing chess with protecting him but maybe checkers…

YYCOil July 24, 2021 - 10:32 am

When a Wilson, Reaves, MacDermid, Soucy, Lucic ect. rag dolls one of our stars at the end of scum … the other team is going to ask “what are you going to do about”? We got some capspace isn’t going fly with Dr25.

Scungilli Slushy July 24, 2021 - 9:37 am

Nice pick by the Oilers with Bourgault, I am a little surprised they passed the Swede.

The Oilers are drafting for need, which is a freedom being better and not drafting in basically locked in spots in the top five gives. So holes in the pipeline are finally being patched.

It seems Holland either feels he can find good enough goalies, or the prospects are legit.

For me, I’m not that convinced about the prospects. Shorter goalies in today’s NHL, not many left. And it’s because of the sticks, everyone is a dangerous shooter now (if they don’t play for the Oilers). Many, many players have no problem roofing shots, even in tight.

Not impossible, for me not likely, at least in being a high end starter.

Randle McMurphy July 24, 2021 - 9:36 am

Arizona has a red wine club.

Unfriendly Regional Arachnid Individual July 24, 2021 - 9:34 am

I remember writing a comment about Ryker Evans on last year’s draft post. He’s a solid and effective two-way guy that seemed equipped with the tools and situation to increase his value relative to his draft position (late round pick). Given he was just picked, it seems I was correct- on him, at least.

Randle McMurphy July 24, 2021 - 9:34 am

Why would Yzerman feel he needed to trade up to get Shai Buium??

Scungilli Slushy July 24, 2021 - 10:21 am

How can you not have a guy with a name like his in the system?

knighttown July 24, 2021 - 9:28 am

I can accept picking the forward over the goalie but two things we have to acknowledge or learn;
1. This isn’t the forward they wanted. Wright told DNB that their targets all fell off the board so just traded down. This isn’t Sillinger or Lucius falling to them and they would admit that.
2. Most importantly, Edmonton based fans need to understand that goalie evaluators feel we have no likely starting goalies in our system. How does everyone feel about the Blues Vadim Zherenko? Because goaltender evaluators have him ranked in “goalies of the future” lists that none of Konovolov, Skinner or Rodrigue are on. And none of us have ever heard of him and likely never will. These guys will fall off the map like Frans Tuohima or potentially play a supporting role like Laurent Broissoit.

The Trade Guy July 24, 2021 - 9:36 am

I’m not sure anyone really knows what they’re talking about when it comes to goalie prospects. I do agree the Oilers should get another one, but at the pro-level (get rid of Koskinen)

Halfwise July 24, 2021 - 9:46 am

“…two things we have to acknowledge or learn.”
“…Edmonton based fans need to understand…”

I see it differently.

  • There is no single correct way for a fan to view the draft, specifically, or the building of a team
  • There is enough randomness between day 1 of training camp and the hoisting of the Cup by the winning team to confound any analytical system
  • We are all subject to confirmation bias and narrative management

What I love about LT’s place is that most posters bring their best insights and goodwill to the conversation. It’s a feasting hall for an open mind.

Sierra July 24, 2021 - 9:59 am

This is an accurate take on the “lay of the land”

godot10 July 24, 2021 - 10:22 am

Konovalev isn’t six foot two, so no matter what he does he will never be ranked as a top goaltender prospect.

Randle McMurphy July 24, 2021 - 10:34 am

There’s a theory in modern sports that many prospects never reach their potential simply because of the lack of a path to opportunity.

Lots of Dmen and Wingers get a look, a 9 game tryout in the big leagues. But not so much for Goalies.

Will Konovalev or Skinner ever get an opportunity to fail their way to success? Or will they have to shoot the lights out in the AHL to have any hope at all?

russ99 July 24, 2021 - 12:08 pm

Rodrigue is knocked by those ‘experts’ because he’s not 6’4” and above, but has the skills to start.

Not sure when being gargantuan was a prerequisite for being an NHL starting goalie.

Bling July 24, 2021 - 9:28 am

I mentioned yesterday that Bourgault’s draft – 1 NHLe had him in heady company, whereas this year he had a wonderful year but did not pop quite as much as other prospects, leading him to be in the 10-20 range.

By NHLe he ranked 15th amongst forwards this season, and last season he ranked 7th among forwards.

https://public.tableau.com/app/profile/topdownhockey/viz/NHLEquivalencyandProspectProjections/ProspectProjections

This naturally reminded me a bit of Holloway (though not as extreme, of course). Recall that Holloway showed considerable scoring prowess in the AJHL in his draft – 1 year, and then disappointed a bit, counting number wise, in his draft year.

The caveat to that — which a few of us picked up on — was that Holloway’s splits were very encouraging in his draft year. I also remember looking at Holloway’s EV production alone, and he wasn’t far off Turcotte, a former top 5 pick.

So I was curious about Bourgault’s splits. Here they are. I have grouped two months together (no GP in December):

Oct + Nov, 12 points in 10 games (1.2 PPG)
Jan + Feb, 11 points in 9 games (1.22 PPG)
March + April, 17 points in 10 games (1.7 PPG)

In February, Bourg went 3+3 in 6 GP (1 PPG), while in January he went 4+1 in 3 GP (1.67 PPG). So actually, the middle stanza of his season was hurt a bit by a rough (by his standards) February.

Again, not as extreme as the Holloway example. We also have to remember that Holloway’s splits were more impressive, coming against men.

Putting things together, it does make me optimistic that we’ve selected a guy who was a top 10 level scorer one season ago and who had one “bad” month this season and, judging by March + April, is on the verge of popping.

If that February doesn’t happen, I suspect XB would have gone considerably higher.

Bulging Twine July 24, 2021 - 11:56 pm

Thank you for this

Randle McMurphy July 24, 2021 - 9:26 am

Vegas with a time out on the 4th pick of day two??? Trade coming?

Randle McMurphy July 24, 2021 - 9:25 am

First re-entry player chosen. Admiral Ryker. Ryker Evans.

~Ron Francis didn’t get enough young dmen in the expansion draft~

Lowetide July 24, 2021 - 9:24 am

I love Ryker Evans throwing everyone (including me) off, it sets up a crazy damn day. I’ve paid attention to drafts for decades, this one is more like pre-Central Scouting (1975).

Psyche July 24, 2021 - 9:29 am

I really like what I’ve read about Olivier Nadeau. Thanks for pointing him out LT.

Awesome to have Lawton on the tube this morning. I enjoy his analysis and communication skills. He comes across, to me, as genuine and trustworthy. He’s my favourite guest on Stauffer’s radio program. I imagine LT and Lawton could do a fireside hockey chat that would last for days. Dare to dream!

Randle McMurphy July 24, 2021 - 9:42 am

It’s gotten weird fast

Oil2Oilers July 24, 2021 - 9:23 am

Today is probably going to be one of best days of the summer for the Oilers. The amateur scouts are developing a record and it’s good. I do not hold the same opinion of other areas of the organization.

Elgin R July 24, 2021 - 9:21 am

Happy with the pick, especially if moving down gets Alarie. Go Tyler Wright

Randle McMurphy July 24, 2021 - 9:20 am

Nice to see Brian Lawton on the Sportsnet panel today.

OriginalPouzar July 24, 2021 - 10:42 am

I believe he’s on the NHL Network daily, isn’t he? Good to see him on Canadian TV – I find him a big arrogant when he’s on with Stauffer but I do like his intel and opinions.

5lowroll July 24, 2021 - 9:15 am

So do we think hyman deal gets done today?

Strapping Jocks July 24, 2021 - 9:19 am

Doesn’t seem like it:

@DarrenDreger
·
8m

Looking like the Oilers are going to wait and sign Zach as a free agent on Wednesday which means a maximum 7 year term. Toronto placed a higher value on the cap savings Edmonton would gain with the 8th year in a sign and trade, than the Oil are willing to pay in a draft pick.

5lowroll July 24, 2021 - 9:22 am

Nice find, probably for the best as long as we don’t get larsoned again

The Trade Guy July 24, 2021 - 9:29 am

I guess its chalked up as gamesmanship, but S/T doesn’t really take much effort from the Leafs to get a late round pick. It is a bit of an fu to Hyman as he seems to want to help the Oilers cap as much as he can while getting paid.

Randle McMurphy July 24, 2021 - 10:20 am

Hyman makes the same money either way. It’s definitely a hyper aggressive move by Dubas in relation to the Oilers.

N64 July 24, 2021 - 9:29 am

As draft counts down today iDubas and Holland will be looking at a Dutch auction. Does either blink as Edmonton draft spots come up.?

Crazy Pedestrian July 24, 2021 - 9:36 am

TO knows they are losing Hyman, they should be happy with a 7th rounder rather than getting nothing at all.

jp July 24, 2021 - 9:58 am

I’d be fine with paying a 5th-7th to get the AAV down. With Dubas’ apparent ask here though, I hope he ends up getting nothing for Hyman in the end.

Randle McMurphy July 24, 2021 - 10:22 am

Not really imo.

Dubas is competitive. Why would he give the Oilers an additional $500k in cap space for nothing.

He’s pegged a value for $500k x 8yrs ($4m).

His intitial ask was a 2nd round pick. So he probably values $4m at somewhere near a 4th or 5th.

jp July 24, 2021 - 9:34 am

That’s good to hear. No need to be giving Dubas a mid round pick for doing nothing essentially.

leadfarmer July 24, 2021 - 10:01 am

I would push the AAV higher to decrease the length of the buyout at the end but what do I know

OriginalPouzar July 24, 2021 - 10:41 am

I would be just fine with paying a 6th or 7th rounder to get the AAV down $350k – $500k for 8 years.

That’s a meaningful reduction and, at the end of the day, its clear the Oilers are looking at the next 3-4 years and are looking to take 5-8 year risk in order to “help” in the next 3-4 years.

On that premise, and at this time, I’m no overly concerned about buyout parameters in 2028-2029. Of course, Holland has to be CBA smart and not include signing bonuses in those late years and the contract should be mid-loaded so that the buyout is structured better in the last few years.

Rondo July 24, 2021 - 9:14 am

Maybe one of these players could be available at #90

Artyom Grushnikov

Riley Kidney

Oliver Nadeau

Red Savage

N64 July 24, 2021 - 9:48 am

~ Can’t see Chicago drafting Red ~

Randle McMurphy July 24, 2021 - 9:12 am

No big deal but, what am I missing about the process when you rank a player at 24th and then select him as your pick at 90?

Lowetide July 24, 2021 - 9:51 am

It means I know the draft and my list isn’t meant to predict the draft order.

Randle McMurphy July 24, 2021 - 10:06 am

Thank you. I’m still learning.

jp July 24, 2021 - 9:53 am

That everyone has a different process.

Bling July 24, 2021 - 9:04 am

That Seth Jones contract looks kind of silly next to the contracts of Heiskanen and now Makar.

I wonder if Holland goes max term with Nurse to get the cap hit down. Nurse isn’t at the level of Miro and Cale, of course. 7.5 x 8?

innercitysmytty July 24, 2021 - 9:08 am

Exactly what I was thinking on the Jones deal.

jp July 24, 2021 - 9:32 am

I think Nurse will get $8M+. Remember his deal will be all UFA seasons. Hopefully it comes in at less than Draisaitl.

godot10 July 24, 2021 - 10:18 am

Fortunately Nurse will be capped by Draisaitl’s $8.5 million. I think 8 x $8-$8.5 million will do it.

eidy July 24, 2021 - 8:53 am

Ryan winterton and Eric Alaric for my choices around 90/116. Josh pillar in round 7. Followed him sine AA in Saskatchewan.

Bryan July 24, 2021 - 8:52 am

I thought Holland would take the goalie but Bourgault will likely contribute sooner if the stars align properly. Very nice to have the extra pick in this wildest of all drafts. Not sure what Montreal was thinking. No doubt there are a lot of long time Habs fans hurting over that pick.

meanashell11 July 24, 2021 - 8:49 am

So they pay Makar 9.1 but Landescog is offered 5+? No wonders he is walking!

Bling July 24, 2021 - 9:06 am

That’s a sensational deal for the Avs, though. Makar is a top 5 NHL D. Landeskog is not in that area code when it comes to forwards. He may very well be capable of creating without MacKinnon and Rantanen, but I wouldn’t bet 9 mil a year on it.

Good business by Sakic, and I like that he locked down Makar first before Landeskog. Priorities! First things first.

jp July 24, 2021 - 9:29 am

He may very well be capable of creating without MacKinnon and Rantanen, but I wouldn’t bet 9 mil a year on it.

He’ll surely produce with skill forwards other than those 2, but his P/60 without MacKinnon is only 1.25 over the last 3 seasons.

Agree $9M is too much.

JimmyV1965 July 24, 2021 - 9:43 am

I’m not sure it’s a bad deal, but it’s certainly not a sensational deal. I think the best you can say is it’s maybe a fair deal for the Avs.

leadfarmer July 24, 2021 - 8:45 am

Makar 9mil per x 6 years. So close to the 9.1 per I had him for but I thought he’d get max term

jp July 24, 2021 - 9:27 am

Is that just 1 UFA season bought?

He’s played 2 seasons but also 10 playoff games the year before. Not sure if that’s 2 or 3 NHL years counted.

Tarkus July 24, 2021 - 9:29 am

Friedman said during the draft broadcast it’s one year of UFA bought.

jp July 24, 2021 - 9:51 am

Thanks.

Funny Bissonness July 24, 2021 - 9:30 am

This walks him right to UFA at age 28. In time for one more massive deal. If he went 8 years the AAV would have gone up. Makar will make more money in the end by only going 6 years on this deal.

leadfarmer July 24, 2021 - 8:44 am

When I said Holland has a type I actually meant it in a good way

Lowetide July 24, 2021 - 9:10 am

That’s how I read it, and agree.

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